Whether you want to add some cool effects to your profile picture, are looking for some funny cover photos, or are simply looking for a tool that will help you easily resize your favourite image to the dimensions Facebook requires for your cover photo, these six websites can help you out.
You’ve likely heard of Google’s free online photo editor called Picnik. And if you were a fan, you also probably know that the popular editor shut its doors back in April 2012. But all was not lost; two former Picnik engineers put their mad skills to work and created a fun photo editor called PicMonkey.
There are an abundance of tools you can use to perform a variety of editing tasks: you can perform basic edits like cropping, resizing, and colour correction; enhance your photos with numerous creative effects; use the Touch Up features on portraits to eliminate blemishes and wrinkles, add a tan, make-up, or even highlights to hair; add text, overlays, and frames to your photos; and more.
PicMonkey is an excellent online photo editor and, not only is it free to use, you don’t even need to register to use it. If you want your PicMonkey experience to be ad-free (but really, the ads that are present are very non-intrusive) and want to have access to even more features and effects, you can upgrade to a Royale account for $4.99 a month, or $33 for a 12-month subscription (which amounts to $2.75 per month).
Image resizing tool
One of the challenges to creating a great-looking Facebook cover photo is resizing it to the proper dimensions. I’m not saying it’s a difficult task; the challenge is in remembering what the correct dimensions are, especially when there is no set standard amongst social networks. For example, a Facebook cover photo needs to be 851×315 pixels, a Twitter header image 520×260 pixels, a Google+ cover photo is 940×180, and so on. Who wants to remember all the different requirements or search for the correct numbers every time they want to change their cover photo? And then, of course, once you have the numbers, you need to open your photo editing software to make the changes to you photo.
The Social Image Resizer Tool enables you to quickly and easily upload an image and resize it to your choice of several predefined options, whether you want a Facebook cover photo, Twitter header image, Google+ cover photo, square profile picture, etc. It couldn’t be easier.
Pre-made Facebook cover photos
Speaking of Facebook cover photos, if you’re looking for a pre-made option, there are several websites you can go to. Three options include:
All three of these websites have a vast selection, all of which are organized by category, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the perfect cover photo that matches your personality, whether you want something humorous, something cute and furry, or something that represents your favourite celebrity or singer.
Facebook cover photo and profile picture effects
Last on my list of free online tools that help make Facebook photos awesome is something called Tricked Out Timeline. This website enables you to take a photo and generate coordinating cover photos and profile pictures. So, for example, say you have a group photo you’d like to use as your cover photo; using the Missing Jigsaw Piece effect, you can cut your head from the image (in the shape of a jigsaw piece) which you would then use as your profile picture. The website only offers a few effects at the moment, but I imagine it will grow over time.